Social Studies Section 1,2,And 3 6th Grade

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If you feel you’re progressing through the early chapters of social studies at a faster pace than normal, perhaps this quiz on the first three at a sixth grade level will affirm your suspicions. How many can you get right?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What's a hominid?

    • A.

      An early ancestor of humans

    • B.

      A relative that lived in the past

    • C.

      A precious stone

    Correct Answer
    A. An early ancestor of humans
    Explanation
    A hominid refers to an early ancestor of humans. This term encompasses various species, such as Homo habilis, Homo erectus, and Homo neanderthalensis, that lived millions of years ago. Hominids share common characteristics with humans, including bipedalism and a larger brain size compared to other primates. By studying hominid fossils and remains, scientists can gain insights into the evolutionary history of humans and understand how our species developed over time.

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  • 2. 

    What's a tool?

    Correct Answer
    Any handheld object that has been modified to help a person accomplish a task.
    Explanation
    The answer correctly defines a tool as a handheld object that has been modified to assist in completing a task. This definition highlights the key characteristics of a tool, including its portability, modification, and purpose of aiding in task completion. By emphasizing these attributes, the answer presents a clear and concise explanation of what a tool is.

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  • 3. 

    What's prehistory?

    Correct Answer
    The time before there was writing.
    Explanation
    Prehistory refers to the period of time before the invention of writing. It encompasses the vast span of human history when societies relied on oral traditions, cave paintings, and other non-written forms of communication to record and transmit information. This era is characterized by the development of early human civilizations, the emergence of agriculture, the evolution of tools and technology, and the establishment of social structures. The absence of written records during prehistory makes it challenging for historians and archaeologists to gather information about this period, relying instead on archaeological findings and anthropological studies.

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  • 4. 

    What's Paleolithic Era?

    • A.

      The Middle Stone Age.

    • B.

      The New Stone Age.

    • C.

      The Old Stone Age.

    Correct Answer
    C. The Old Stone Age.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The Old Stone Age." The Paleolithic Era, also known as the Old Stone Age, refers to the time period in human history when stone tools were predominantly used. It is characterized by the development of early human societies, the use of fire, and the emergence of hunting and gathering as the primary means of subsistence. This era lasted from about 2.6 million years ago until around 10,000 BCE. The Middle Stone Age and the New Stone Age are different periods in human history that followed the Paleolithic Era.

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  • 5. 

    What's society?

    Correct Answer
    A community of people who share a common culture.
    Explanation
    The correct answer for this question is "A community of people who share a common culture." This answer accurately defines society as a group of individuals who live together and have similar beliefs, values, and practices. They share a common culture, which includes language, customs, traditions, and social norms. Society is formed by the interaction and cooperation of its members, who contribute to shaping and maintaining its culture.

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  • 6. 

    What are hunter-gatherers?

    • A.

      People who hunt and are against gathering.

    • B.

      Men.

    • C.

      People who hunt animals and gather wild plants,seeds,fruits,and nuts to survive.

    Correct Answer
    C. People who hunt animals and gather wild plants,seeds,fruits,and nuts to survive.
    Explanation
    Hunter-gatherers are individuals who rely on hunting animals and gathering wild plants, seeds, fruits, and nuts as their primary means of survival. This lifestyle involves hunting for food and gathering edible plants and resources from the natural environment. Unlike the other options provided, hunter-gatherers do not solely focus on hunting or exclude gathering from their way of life. Instead, they engage in both activities to sustain themselves.

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  • 7. 

    What's an ancestor?

    Correct Answer
    A relative that lived in the past.
    Explanation
    An ancestor refers to a family member who lived in the past. This individual is connected to the present generation through a line of descent. Ancestors can be parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on, tracing back through the family tree. They are important in genealogy and understanding one's familial history.

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  • 8. 

    What do historians call the time before there was writing?

    • A.

      Prehistory

    • B.

      History

    • C.

      Rehistory

    Correct Answer
    A. Prehistory
    Explanation
    Historians refer to the time before the invention of writing as "prehistory." This period includes the vast span of time when humans existed but did not have a system of written language to record their activities and events. During prehistory, humans relied on oral traditions, cave paintings, and archaeological evidence to understand the past. The term "prehistory" distinguishes this era from "history," which begins with the advent of writing and the ability to document and study human civilization in a more detailed and accurate manner.

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  • 9. 

    Hominids are the exact same as humans.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because hominids and humans are not the exact same. Hominids refer to a group of primates that includes humans and their extinct ancestors, such as Homo habilis and Homo erectus. While humans are a species within the hominid family, there are distinct differences between humans and other hominids in terms of physical characteristics, behavior, and cognitive abilities. Therefore, it is incorrect to say that hominids are the exact same as humans.

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  • 10. 

    What did scientists call the first modern human?

    • A.

      Wise man

    • B.

      People

    • C.

      Homo sapiens

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Wise man
    C. Homo sapiens
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "homo sapiens." Scientists refer to the first modern human as "homo sapiens." This term is used to describe the species to which modern humans belong, characterized by their advanced cognitive abilities and the ability to create complex societies. The term "wise man" is a more general term that can refer to any wise or intelligent individual, but it is not the specific scientific term used to describe the first modern human.

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  • 11. 

    What is the advantage of adding a wooden handle to your tool?

    Correct Answer(s)
    It is more complex and easier to use.
  • 12. 

    What culural element did Stone Age societies develop as a means of communicating and resolving issues?

    Correct Answer(s)
    Language.
    Explanation
    Stone Age societies developed language as a means of communicating and resolving issues. Language allowed them to convey their thoughts, emotions, and ideas, enabling effective communication within their communities. It also facilitated the resolution of conflicts and disputes by providing a platform for negotiation, understanding, and compromise. Language played a crucial role in the development and cohesion of these societies, allowing them to exchange information, pass down knowledge, and establish social bonds.

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  • 13. 

    What's an ice age?

    Correct Answer(s)
    Long periods of freezing weather
    Explanation
    An ice age refers to long periods of freezing weather, characterized by the expansion of glaciers and ice sheets. During an ice age, average global temperatures drop significantly, causing the Earth's climate to become colder. This leads to the formation of ice caps and glaciers, which can cover large portions of the planet's surface. Ice ages are marked by cycles of glacial advances and retreats, with the last major ice age occurring around 2.6 million years ago. These periods of freezing weather have a significant impact on the Earth's ecosystems and can cause drastic changes in sea levels and the distribution of plant and animal species.

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  • 14. 

    What does migrate mean?

    Correct Answer(s)
    To move to a new place
    Explanation
    The word "migrate" refers to the act of moving or relocating to a new place. It involves leaving one's current location and settling in a different area. This could be due to various reasons such as seeking better opportunities, escaping unfavorable conditions, or following a natural instinct for survival. Migration can be observed in both humans and animals, as they search for a more suitable environment or habitat.

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  • 15. 

    What's a land bridge?

    Correct Answer(s)
    A strip of land connecting two continents.
    Explanation
    A land bridge refers to a strip of land that connects two continents. This land bridge acts as a pathway for the movement of animals, plants, and even human populations between the two continents. It is often formed due to geological processes such as tectonic activity or changes in sea levels. The presence of a land bridge can have significant ecological and evolutionary implications, as it allows for the exchange of species and genetic diversity between continents.

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  • 16. 

    What's Mesolithic Era?

    • A.

      New Stone Age

    • B.

      Old Stone Age

    • C.

      Middle Stone Age

    Correct Answer
    C. Middle Stone Age
    Explanation
    The Mesolithic Era, also known as the Middle Stone Age, refers to a period in human history between the Paleolithic (Old Stone Age) and the Neolithic (New Stone Age) eras. During this time, humans transitioned from being solely hunter-gatherers to adopting more settled lifestyles. They began to develop new tools and techniques, such as the use of microliths and the practice of fishing. The term "Middle Stone Age" accurately describes this transitional period, making it the correct answer.

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  • 17. 

    When did the ice ages end?

    • A.

      1.4 million years ago

    • B.

      10,000 years ago

    • C.

      36,000 years ago

    Correct Answer
    B. 10,000 years ago
    Explanation
    The ice ages ended approximately 10,000 years ago. This is supported by scientific evidence such as geological records and ice core samples. The end of the ice ages marked the transition to the current interglacial period, known as the Holocene. During this time, the Earth's climate became warmer and the ice sheets that covered much of the planet retreated. This allowed for the development of modern human civilizations and the flourishing of diverse ecosystems.

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  • 18. 

    From which continent did the first early humans probably come to North America?

    • A.

      Northern Asia

    • B.

      Southern Asia

    • C.

      Europe

    Correct Answer
    A. Northern Asia
    Explanation
    The first early humans probably came to North America from Northern Asia. This is supported by archaeological evidence, such as the discovery of stone tools and other artifacts in Siberia and Alaska that suggest a migration route across the Bering Land Bridge. This land bridge connected present-day Russia and Alaska during the last Ice Age when sea levels were lower. The early humans likely crossed this bridge and gradually spread throughout North America.

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  • 19. 

    How long ago did the ice ages start?

    • A.

      1.5 million years ago

    • B.

      1.6 million years ago

    • C.

      400,000 years ago

    Correct Answer
    B. 1.6 million years ago
    Explanation
    The ice ages started 1.6 million years ago. This is supported by scientific evidence such as ice core samples and geological records, which show significant glaciation and changes in climate patterns around this time. The ice ages were characterized by the expansion of continental ice sheets and the lowering of global temperatures, leading to the formation of glaciers and the advancement of ice across large parts of the Earth's surface. This period had a significant impact on the Earth's ecosystems and the evolution of various species.

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  • 20. 

    What materials did early humans use to cover frame structures with roofs and walls?

    Correct Answer
    Firstly branches and leaves.Later stone,larger animal bones,clay,animal skins,or other materials.
    Explanation
    Early humans used a variety of materials to cover frame structures with roofs and walls. Initially, they would use branches and leaves to create a makeshift covering. However, as they progressed, they started utilizing more durable materials such as stone, larger animal bones, clay, animal skins, and other available resources. These materials provided better insulation and protection from the elements, allowing early humans to create more stable and comfortable living spaces.

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  • 21. 

    Why did early humans start to make clothing and shelter?

    Correct Answer
    The climate's changes.
    Explanation
    Early humans started to make clothing and shelter because of the changing climate. As the climate changed, early humans needed protection from extreme temperatures, harsh weather conditions, and predators. Clothing provided insulation and protection from the elements, while shelters offered a safe and secure place to rest and sleep. By adapting to the changing climate through the creation of clothing and shelter, early humans were able to increase their chances of survival and thrive in different environments.

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  • 22. 

    Canoes are made from logs.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Canoes are traditionally made from logs, which are hollowed out to create the shape of the boat. This method has been used for centuries by indigenous peoples around the world. However, modern canoes can also be made from other materials such as fiberglass, aluminum, or plastic. Nonetheless, the statement is still true as canoes can be made from logs.

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  • 23. 

    What is Neolithic Era?

    Correct Answer
    The New Stone Age.
    Explanation
    The Neolithic Era, also known as the New Stone Age, refers to a period in human history characterized by the development of agriculture, domestication of animals, and the use of polished stone tools. During this time, humans transitioned from a nomadic lifestyle to settled communities, leading to advancements in technology, social organization, and cultural practices. The term "New Stone Age" accurately describes this period as it highlights the significant shift in human society and technology from the preceding Paleolithic Era.

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  • 24. 

    What is domestication?

    Correct Answer
    The process of changing plants or animals to make them more useful to humans.
    Explanation
    Domestication refers to the process of altering plants or animals in order to enhance their usefulness to humans. This involves selectively breeding and manipulating their traits to make them more suitable for human purposes, such as for food, labor, or companionship. Through domestication, humans have been able to transform wild species into domesticated ones that are better adapted to living alongside humans and serving their needs. This process has played a crucial role in the development of agriculture and the establishment of human civilizations.

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  • 25. 

    What's agriculture?

    Correct Answer
    The development of farming from the domestication of plants.
    Explanation
    The answer correctly defines agriculture as the development of farming from the domestication of plants. Agriculture involves cultivating crops, raising livestock, and other activities related to producing food, fiber, and other resources for human use. The domestication of plants was a significant milestone in human history, as it allowed for a more stable and reliable food supply, leading to the establishment of settled communities and the development of civilizations.

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  • 26. 

    What are megaliths?

    Correct Answer
    Huge stones used as monuments or sites for religious gatherings.
    Explanation
    Megaliths are massive stones that were utilized as either monuments or locations for religious assemblies. These stones were often arranged in specific patterns or formations and were significant in various ancient cultures. They served as markers for important events, burial sites, or places of worship. Megaliths are found in different parts of the world and are a testament to the architectural and engineering skills of early civilizations.

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  • 27. 

    What brought an end to the ice ages?

    • A.

      A warming trend.

    • B.

      Nobody knows.

    • C.

      A heat wave.

    Correct Answer
    A. A warming trend.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a warming trend. This is because the ice ages were characterized by long periods of cold temperatures and extensive glaciation. The ice ages came to an end when there was a gradual increase in global temperatures, leading to the melting of the ice and the retreat of glaciers. This warming trend allowed for the development of more temperate climates and the return of interglacial periods.

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  • 28. 

    What led to agriculture?

    Correct Answer
    The domestication of plants.
    Explanation
    The development of agriculture was primarily driven by the domestication of plants. As early humans transitioned from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle to settled communities, they began to recognize the benefits of cultivating crops. By selecting and cultivating certain wild plants, humans were able to ensure a more reliable food supply. This led to the development of agriculture, as people started to intentionally grow and harvest crops, leading to the establishment of permanent settlements and the emergence of complex societies.

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  • 29. 

    How can you domesticate an animal?

    • A.

      For milk

    • B.

      For food

    • C.

      For wool

    • D.

      To hunt

    • E.

      To carry large loads

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. For milk
    B. For food
    C. For wool
    E. To carry large loads
    Explanation
    Animals can be domesticated for various purposes such as milk production, providing food, producing wool, and carrying large loads. Domestication involves taming wild animals and breeding them in captivity to serve human needs. By selectively breeding animals with desirable traits, humans have been able to create domesticated breeds that are better suited for specific purposes. For example, cows have been domesticated for milk production, chickens for meat and eggs, sheep for wool, and horses and camels for carrying heavy loads.

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  • 30. 

    What stone age did people learn to make fire?

    Correct Answer(s)
    New stone age.
    Middle stone age.
    Old stone age
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Old stone age. During the Old Stone Age, also known as the Paleolithic period, people learned to make fire. This was a significant development in human history as it provided warmth, protection, and the ability to cook food, which ultimately led to advancements in tool-making and societal development.

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  • 31. 

    What are two materials were first used by Neolithic people to make clothing?

    • A.

      Plant fibers and wool (animal skins too).

    • B.

      Leaves and grass(clay too)

    • C.

      Bone marrow and human hair

    Correct Answer
    A. Plant fibers and wool (animal skins too).
    Explanation
    During the Neolithic period, people began to transition from hunting and gathering to settled farming communities. They developed the skills to cultivate plants and domesticate animals, which provided them with materials for making clothing. Plant fibers, such as flax and cotton, were used to create textiles, while wool from domesticated animals like sheep was also utilized. Additionally, animal skins were likely used as well, providing an alternative source of material for clothing.

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  • 32. 

    What are the four elements?

    • A.

      Sunlight,land,sea,oxygen

    • B.

      Air,water,fire,earth

    Correct Answer
    B. Air,water,fire,earth
    Explanation
    The four elements referred to in this question are air, water, fire, and earth. These elements have been traditionally recognized in various cultures and belief systems as the fundamental building blocks of the physical world. Air represents the element of gas or atmosphere, water represents the element of liquid, fire represents the element of heat and energy, and earth represents the element of solid matter. Together, these elements are believed to encompass all aspects of the natural world.

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